Re: [110attendees] Thank you for making Gather Town workable!

Michael StJohns <> Thu, 11 March 2021 16:23 UTC

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Subject: Re: [110attendees] Thank you for making Gather Town workable!
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On 3/11/2021 10:50 AM, Spencer Dawkins at IETF wrote:
> It also turns out that I'm shy on Gather Town, too. But walking up to 
> people works, and if two groups are talking too close together, they 
> just move apart. It's almost like a ... hallway.
The first version of Gather the IETF used had a control for interaction 
distance - you could select one of I think three interaction distances, 
but the control wasn't obvious and got removed by the next IETF.  For 
this  current version, they've added back in an interaction distance 
control mode called "quiet mode" - Control-U or go into your control 
panel to set/clear it. In quiet mode you have to be adjacent to someone 
to talk to them so the people just passing by won't cause a video to pop 
up.  Out of quiet mode you interact with people up to about 5 squares away.

Or if you keep getting interrupted, there's always one of the private 
spaces off to the side where you interact with all of the people in the 
space regardless of the quiet mode setting, but with no one else.

I'm impressed both with how far this has come since the first version 
and all of the work the Secretariat has done to customize our space.


> On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 8:55 AM Tim Chown < 
> <>> wrote:
>     > On 11 Mar 2021, at 13:07, Spencer Dawkins at IETF
>     <
>     <>> wrote:
>     >
>     > I'm told that the IETF Secretariat did a lot of work on Gather
>     Town over the past year, and it really shows. This is the first
>     virtual IETF that I've been able to bump into people and chat in a
>     meaningful way.
>     >
>     > I hope we keep using it during in-person meetings (and I'm sure
>     that our first in-person meetings will have lots of remote
>     attendees, so this will still be a great tool).
>     >
>     > Four stars. Would recommend.
>     Yes, this has been excellent, thank you to all who worked on it.
>     Tim